Studio Arthur Casas was announced 1st place winner of the competition for Brazil’s pavilion at the upcoming Milano Expo 2015, opening May 1st. Featuring Casas’ trademark use of vegetation and louvered façades – both for aesthetic and environmental concerns – the proposed pavilion follows the Expo’s theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, seeking to target the great issues of global sustainable development. More about the Milano Expo 2015 here.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
São Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population living outside of Japan, consequently Japanese food has traditionally been a part of the Brazilian restaurant culture for decades. A recent trend are Temaki houses, which have been popping everywhere in Brazil, offering a fresh take on the Japanese classic roll. The newest Brazilian Temaki house has opened in Rome, Italy, the Temakinho Monti, featuring the equally fresh Rio dining chairs, by Carlos Motta.
The exhibition Drawings from the South of America opened yesterday at Henrique Faria Gallery in New York, surveying a 60-year span of works on paper by renowned South American artists. Exhibited are entries by contemporary Colombian artist Luis Roldán and Venezuelan Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, works from the 1950’s by Brazilian modernists Hercules Barsotti and Willys de Castro, 1970’s works by Brazilian artist Anna Bella Geiger, Argentine Horacio Zabala and German-born/Venezuela-based Gerd Leufert, among other notable names. Resonating with the Neo-Concretist movement, the exhibition is evident of a social awareness and activism as found in geometrical and minimal compositional approaches. Check out full exhibition here.
WHY, the blog of North American design brand Herman Miller, featured the extensive and diverse work of Isay Weinfeld. Weinfeld, who started his São Paulo-based firm in 1973, has 250 projects under his belt to date, ranging from the São Paulo flagship store of flip-flop giant Havainas, bookstores, restaurants, hotels to private homes and buildings, a feature-length movie (which earned him the São Paulo Art Critics Association prize for best new director in 1988), as well as a selection of furniture and home accessory luxury items, in the US found exclusively at ESPASSO. Weinfeld’s most recent furniture pieces include the eye-catching crib and coffin – both shown at Weinfeld’s solo exhibition, A to Z, at ESPASO NY last November – and the newly launched Domino sideboard, a collaboration between Weinfeld and the brand Herman Miller. Check out entire article here.
The Metropolis magazine blog Point of View featured Federico Babina’s inventive Archibet – an abecedarium celebrating modern and contemporary architects and their signature style. “Each letter is a small surrealist architecture,”says Babina of his Archibet, which takes inspiration on the iconic architecture of Oscar Niemeyer for the letter N and on the landscape architecture of Roberto Burle Marx for the letter X. Check out entire article and alphabet here. Via The Metropolis Blog.
In 1973, Sergio Rodrigues designed the Kilin armchair at his wife’s request. She wanted a practical piece that could be easily moved around. The ingenious design of the Kilin, evident of Rodrigues’ signature forms and materials, consists of a wood frame and leather sling slipcover that are easily assembled by dowels and pins while considerably lighter than Rodrigues’ other iconic armchairs. With its name derived from an abbreviated version of Rodrigues’ tender nickname for his wife, ‘esquilinho’ (or ‘small squirrel’), the Kilin is a straightforward and versatile armchair that quickly became a Brazilian design classic and bears a little of Rodrigues’ personal history within it.
Named after a beach on the coast of São Paulo, Carlos Motta‘s Asturias armchair have become a contemporary classic since he designed it in 2001. Available as a rocking or fixed armchair, Motta conceived the Asturias to have the least environmental impact in its fabrication: aside from using no industrialized products, such as varnish, glue or sandpaper, the design of the Asturias calls for a more traditional carpentry, where solid woods are fit with mortises and tenons and use few and simple machine cuts to reduce the use of equipments and electrical power to a minimum. Gracing this month’s cover of Casa e Jardim, home and garden decor Brazilian magazine, the Asturias rocking armchairs are seen in a tropical beach house backyard in Cambury beach in São Paulo, designed 14 years ago by architect Gui Mattos, freshly remodeled by Fabiana Avanzi.
On view through April 13th at The Bronx Museum of the Arts is the multi-disciplinary work of Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky. Recife-born Bruscky started making art in the late 1960’s within the mail-art movement, gaining recognition and showing among the Fluxus international network. Bruscky’s exhibition titled Paulo Bruscky: Art is Our Last Hope, gathers works spanning 4 decades that explore the poetics and dissemination of information through postcards, newspapers ads, billboards and books, almost always set against the backdrop his hometown, Recife. More information here.
The February issue of Wallpaper* announces the winners of their yearly Design Awards, “honour(ing) a list of people, places, pieces and phenomena that have raised our pulses over the past year.” Within their eleven major awards is the Geneses House by Isay Weinfeld, in São Paulo’s Morumbi neighborhood, winner of ‘Best New Private House’, selected from a shortlist by a judging panel of six high-profile personalities: Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad, Spike Jonze, Thom Mayne and Thaddaeus Ropac. Check out all major awards here.
Mumbai design and architecture magazine Home Review featured a story on noted Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine, revealing his trajectory as a furniture designer that favors a sustainable approach, but does not shy away from utilizing new technology and industrial materials, while carrying the legacy of Brazilian modern design. Check out full article here.